Bruins Host No.1 Stanford Saturday

March 2, 2001

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No. 12 UCLA vs. No. 1 Stanford
In a rematch of the Feb. 3 contest at No. 1 and then-unbeaten Stanford, with UCLA winning 79-73, Steve Lavin's No. 12 UCLA Bruins, 20-6 overall and winners of 16 of their last 18 games, including eight in a row, and 13-2 in the Pacific-10, in second-place with a seven-game conference winning streak, continue league action on Saturday, hosting Mike Montgomery's again-No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, 26-1 overall, with a five-game winning streak and 14-1 in the Pac-10, in first-place. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (TV-CBS, with Jim Nance and Billy Packer, Radio-Fox 1150am, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Last Games
On Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA got revenge on California, beating the Golden Bears 79-75 in Pauley Pavilion (on Feb. 1 at Cal, the Bears handed UCLA its worst loss of the season, 92-63), And at the Sports Arena, Stanford beat USC, 70-68.

Series History
UCLA leads it 123-80 and beat Stanford in the first meeting this season, 79-73 on Feb. 3 in Palo Alto, when the Cardinal was No. 1 and unbeaten (see attached game box). From 1992-95, the Bruins won all eight games in the series. But from 1996-present, Stanford has won seven of the 11 games, although the Bruins have won the last two in a row (both at Stanford, both when the Cardinal were ranked No. 1 in the nation, UCLA won at No. Stanford 94-93 (OT) in 2000 and also beat the No. 1 Cardinal last month at home). Stanford has won the last three games in Pauley Pavilion (2000, 78-63, 1999, 72-59, 1998, 84-81).

The Bruins

Steve Lavin
In his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, he has a school and career record of 111-44 (71.6, 155 games). Lavin is 3-6 vs. the Cardinal, including winning the last two games, both at Stanford and both when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1. The Bruins are 13-2 after 15 Pac-10 games for the first time in the Steve Lavin era and under his direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 19 of their last 21 Pac-10 games (last six of 2000 and have won 13 of 15 this season).

On Feb. 3 when UCLA won at No. 1 and unbeaten Stanford, 79-73, it was the Bruins' second straight win at Stanford when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 (last year, the Bruins beat No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime). It is believed that Lavin is the first coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor. In the school's history, UCLA has beaten the No. 1 ranked team eight times, second on the all-time collegiate chart (tied with Duke, Notre Dame leads with nine).

UCLA's victory over Villanova on Jan. 13 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau the second-fastest in modern school history (13th game of his fifth season, 142 games), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).

Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

In overtime games under Lavin, UCLA is 8-2, including 2-0 this season (UCLA beat Kentucky 97-92 in overtime in the second game of the season and beat then No. 8 Arizona 79-77 in Pauley) and overall has won seven consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97.

- Through games of March 1, UCLA had an RPI ranking of No. 5. Its strength of schedule was rated No. 3.

Beating Ranked Teams
UCLA has won eight games in a row and among those victories in the last four weeks were three wins over ranked teams -- Feb. 3-UCLA won at then-unbeaten and ranked No. 1 Stanford, 79-73, On Feb. 8, UCLA won at then-No. 22 USC 85-76 and on Feb. 15, No. 24 UCLA beat No. 8 Arizona 79-77(OT) in Pauley.

20+ Game-Winning Seasons
With its home victory on Thursday over Cal, UCLA recorded it's 20th win of the season (20-6 overall). It's UCLA's 13th consecutive season with 20 or more wins and the 40th in school history. In his fifth season as head coach, Steve Lavin has averaged 22.2 wins a season.

Consecutive Winning Seasons
With it's 16th win on Feb. 15 over No. 8 Arizona, UCLA recorded its 53rd consecutive winning season (since 1948-49), an NCAA record.

The Press
The press has become a defensive staple for the Bruins. Since using the press in the second half of the North Carolina game (it helped the Bruins erase an 18-point second half Tar Heel lead, UCLA led by two, twice late in the second half before losing, North Carolina had 22 turnovers, including 11 in the second half), UCLA has forced 311 turnovers (17.3) in the last 18 games (16-2 record).

UCLA is 20-6 overall and 13-2 in Pac-10 play. Last year after 26 games, the Bruins were 15-11 overall and after 15 league games, UCLA was 7-8. It was at this time last season when the Bruins were in the middle of their six-game conference winning streak, getting into the NCAA and then reaching the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years.

Watson, Kapono All-District NABC
UCLA senior Earl Watson and sophomore Jason Kapono are first-team members of the NABC/Chevrolet All-Dist. 15 squad, joining USC's Sam Clancy, Pepperdine's Brandon Armstrong and Arizona's Gilbert Arenas. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the 150 student-athletes from 15 national districts (first and second teams), are now eligible for the NABC/Chevrolet Div. I All-American Team to be announced at the conclusion of the current season.

Senior Day
Today's game vs. Stanford in Pauley is the final home game for UCLA's three seniors and head student manager - guards, Earl Watson, Ryan Bailey and Jason Flowers, along with senior head student manager Ron Jones. Rico Hines, also a senior, is redshirting this season and will return for his final year in 2001-2002.

Last Game - at No. 12 UCLA 79, California 75
Before 11,753 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA led 39-37 at halftime, tied the game at 73-all with 2:52 left to play, then outscored the Golden Bears 6-2 in the final 2:06 to seal the victory. With the win, the Bruins avenged their worst loss of the season when they were beaten at Cal, 92-63, on Feb. 1.With the score tied 74-all (1:59), Matt Barnes scored on an underhand scoop shot underneath, to give the Bruins a 76-74 lead (1:02 left). Then with 24 seconds left, Jason Kapono was fouled and hit two free throws (UCLA 78-Cal 74). Barnes iced the game for UCLA, hitting one of two foul shots (miss, made) with six seconds left to play, giving the Bruins their 79-75 advantage.UCLA had all five starters score in double figures (second time this season, first was in overtime win over Kentucky in second game of season), led by Earl Watson's 20 points, Barnes' 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists and Dan Gadzuric's 11 points , 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.The Bruins shot 49.0 (24-49) from the field, 47.1 (8-17) from three-point range and 76.7 (23-30) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds (season-low) and just eight turnovers (tied for season-low with eight vs. Oregon State, h).Cal shot 48.3 (28-58) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 34 rebounds and 11 turnovers. The Bears were led by Sean Lampley's 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Bruin Academic Update
For the recently completed 2000 Fall Quarter, UCLA had two players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Spencer Gloger and John Hoffart.

For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.

During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes toremain eligible for the coming season).

The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (out of UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.

UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with juniors redshirts, Billy Knight and Todd Ramasar,, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.

Bruin Starters Career Charts

Earl Watson
The California game was Watson's 123rd straight career start and game � Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1358 -- No. 23, No. 22, Rod Foster, 1365, 1980-83, No. 21, Curtis Rowe, 1371, 1969-71) � Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 580 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) � Ranks No. 2 on the career steals list with 223, needs just two steals to overtake school leader Tyus Edney, 224, 1992-95) � Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 127 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 150, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 369 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92) � Watson is looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four-year career (Don MacLean during his four years, 1989-92, started 127 (school record for starts) of the 129 games played -missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu), the school record for most games played is 130, Mitchell Butler, 1990-93) � Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) � He is only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career Top 10 in both assists and steals.

The Bruins' second-leading scorer (14.6) and second in minutes (34.0), he also leads UCLA in assists (5.3) and steals (1.9). Vs. Cal, Watson led the Bruins in scoring for the second consecutive game, with 20 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes. He now needs just two steals for 225 in his career, breaking the old school record of 224, set by Tyus Edney, 1992-95.

He has led the Bruins this season in scoring on five occasions, in assists 21 times and in steals 13 times. He has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, including a career-high vs. North Carolina earlier this year.

In Pac-10 stats going into the Cal game, Watson was No. 9 in scoring, No. 2 in assists, No. 1 in steals and No. 7 in assists/turnover ration.

This week, Watson earned NABC first-team All-Dist. 15 honors.

Jason Kapono
On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (150-320, 46.9), No. 3 (150) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (330) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 364, current).

UCLA's leading scorer (17.3), he's led the Bruins in scoring this season on 13 occasions. He's also tops the Bruins in minutes (35.4), three-point shooting (46.3) and foul shooting (86.3) and is UCLA's third-leading rebounder (5.8, last year he averaged 4.4 a game). Vs. California, Kapono played 37 minutes, scoring 14 points, with three rebounds.

He's scored 20 or more points 12 times this season, scored in double digits 21 of the 26 games and he has three double/doubles.

Going into the Cal game in Pac-10 stats (all games), Kapono was fourth in scoring, 13th in rebounding, second in free throw percentage, second in three-point FG percentage and first in three-point FGs made. He's on the Midseason Wooden Award Top 30 list and this week earned first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 honors.

Dan Gadzuric
UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.5) and No. 1 rebounder (8.1), he also leads the Bruin regulars in FG% (52.3) and blocked shots (1.6). He has led the Bruins in scoring twice this season (career-high tying 22 vs. Arizona, 19 Washington) and in rebounding on 11 occasions, including the last two games. He has seven double/doubles this season. Vs. Purdue and Washington, Gadzuric made 15 consecutive field goals (8-8 at Purdue and hit his first seven vs. Washington, finished 8-10).

Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle at DePaul on Feb. 10 but came back vs. Arizona on Feb. 15, to lead the Bruin victory with a career-high tying 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Vs. Cal, Gadzuric had 11 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, one assist and a career-high five blocked shots.

In Pac-10 stats entering the Cal game, Gadzuric was 20th in scoring, third in rebounding, eighth in FG%, third in blocked shots, fourth in offensive rebounding and fourth in defensive rebounding.

Matt Barnes
UCLA's fourth-leading scorer (10.8) and second-leading rebounder (7.0). He's led the Bruins in rebounding seven times this season, he has four double-doubles and has led the Bruins in scoring twice, in both games vs. Oregon (in UCLA's 98-88 win over Oregon on Jan. 27 in Pauley, Barnes had a career-high 26 points and on Feb. 22 in UCLA's 88-73 win at Oregon, he had 21 points).

Vs. California, Barnes had a big night, scoring 13 points, with nine rebounds, a career-high seven assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

In the Pac-10 stats going into California, Barnes was 10th in rebounding, fifth in steals and sixth in offensive rebounding.

Billy Knight
Has started 12 games this year, including the last eight (UCLA is 8-0 in the last eight games, vs. Stanford, the first of those eight games, Knight had a career-high 22 points in a career-best 36 minutes) and the Bruins are 11-1 in those games, losing only the season-opener to Kansas.

Vs. Cal, Knight played 29 minutes, with 14 points and one assist.

He's averaging 6.9 points and 1.8 rebounds a game.

Bruin Notes

Key Substitutes
Vs. Cal, junior Ray Young came off the bench to play 18 minutes, with three points, freshman T. J. Cummings played 10 minutes, adding two points and an assist and senior Ryan Bailey played five minutes, with two points.

2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed seven times at halftime this season, to Oregon State (33-25), California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 4-3 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Ortegon State, Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 16-3 when leading (lost to Arizona after leading 41-33 at halftime, lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).

UCLA had out-rebounded its opponent in six of the last nine games, missing only vs. ASU, h and Cal, a/h, and in 17 of the last 24 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC,h 43-30, Arizona, a 44-34, Oregon, h 40-33, California, a 34-31, ASU,h 39-28 and California,h 34-27 have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded OSU,a 38-3, Oregon,h 51-44, Arizona,h 46-39, DePaul 38-32, USC. a 36-34, Stanford,a 34-31, Oregon State,h 38-29, Arizona State, a 44-38, Villanova 46-29, WSU,h 33-31, Washington,h 50-34, Purdue 39-27, UC Irvine 41-28, Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35). The Bruins were out-rebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA is 15-2 with the rebound advantage and 5-4 when out-rebounded.

In 26 games, UCLA had outshot its opponents on six straight occasions prior to the OSU,a game and 17 overall, including 14 of the last 18 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field seven times this season (DePaul 52.8, 28-53, Stanford 50.0, 28-56, WSU, 55.3, 26-47, Washington, 53.6, 37-69, Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high, Hawaii, 53.2, 33-62, Kansas, 50.8, 31-61). UCLA's season-low is 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. After 26 games, UCLA is shooting 45.8 and opponents are shooting 44.2 from the field. The Bruins are 16-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-5 when outshot. Last season, the Bruins' season-high from the field was 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga in Pauley).

In 26 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 18 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just six of the last 21 games - OSU,a 34.8-28.6, Oregon,a 26.5-14.3, California, a (opponent high) 59.1-30.0, Purdue 38.1-37.5, North Carolina 30.8-25.0, UC Irvine 38.5-10.5 (season-low). UCLA's high is 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 26 games, UCLA is shooting 35.5 (156-440) from three-point range and opponents 30.9 (164-531). Last season, UCLA's season-high from three-point range was 62.5 (10-16) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 00.0 (0-14) vs. Stanford in Pauley).

After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in 13 of the last 22 contests. The Bruins have shot better from the foul line that its opponent in three of the last four games. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.

Only eight times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U 17, UA 14, U 21-DePaul 15, U 14-Cal 13, U 21-UA 18, U 18-ASU 17, U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19). UCLA's low turnover game this season is eight vs. Cal,h and Oregon State, h. After 26 games, UCLA is averaging 16.00 turnovers and its opponents 17.5.

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 18-0 and are 2-6 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.

Looking Ahead
UCLA concludes the 2001 Pac-10 regular season next week, playing at Washington State on Thursday, March 8 (7 p.m.) and at Washington on Saturday, March 10 (3 p.m.).

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